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Youth voices bringing education research to life

Student motivation & mastery

Students describe the elements of high-interest teaching and learning, and scientists tell why that matters to the developing brain. The Motivation Equation breathes new life into professional discussions rooted in the theory and practice of how youth (and you!) learn. 

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Social, emotional, & academic development

How do adolescents develop the mindset that they belong in a learning community? Prompted by student and teacher voices and informed by school-based research, we consider the challenges and possibilities in participants' own school contexts.

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Transformative school designs & structures

What designs, structures and practices support adolescents in growing to their fullest potential as learners? Here we explore six common elements—drawn from research in very different schools—that can help participants start and sustain powerful change in their learning environments.

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College & workplace access & success

First-generation-college students face issues of race, class, and college preparedness—and they are more likely to persist beyond the first year if educators focus early on five key strategies. Here we address the crucial factors that support students in forging a strong new identity as college-educated adults.

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